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While WA isn’t renowned for its mountains, that’s
not to say it’s without its rock-climbing attractions
ock climbing is a technical sport
that demands focus, determination,
strength and flexibility, and if
Western Australia’s mountains are
molehills in comparison to the rest of the
world, the state nonetheless has a diverse and
amazing range of rock to scale. We highlight
some amazing locations where the experienced
climber can climb and abseil.
There are a number of locations in the metro area
to whet your appetite. Working with DEC, the
Climbers Association of Western Australia (CAWA)
has established routes to suit all levels of climbing.
Good for beginners
Mountain Quarry | For some of the best
climbing in the metro area, this is ideal for
first-time abseiling attempts. Located off
Coulston Road in the Greenmount National
Park, it offers a range of climbs for beginners to
advanced grades. Most of the routes have been
bolted and a number of anchors have been set.
Stathams Quarry | Located in the Gooseberry
Hills National Park, this offers a number of
walls with good climbing on clean and solid
rock. The quarry is packed with bolted routes
and offers projects at every level. For lovers of
slab climbing, Stathams also offers a number of
opportunities to get over the ‘fear to smear’.
Chuchman’s Brook | A natural playground
in Wugong Regional Park, this offers sport,
traditional and top-rope climbing, as well as
abseiling. A number of top-rope anchors have
been set, and the crag can be accessed via a
short hike in. Be aware, however, that the uphill
hike at the end of the day is a struggle at times.
For detailed information, including topography
and route maps, pick up a copy of The Perth
Rock Climbing Guide by Ross Weiter. Available
through CAWA, or Perth shops that sell rock-
The Mortal Wombat climb at Mountain
Quarry (Photography Allison Low).
Albany’s Natural Bridge climb has its own set of
unusual challenges... (Photography Allison Low).
Wilyabrup has a selection of rock faces
to tackle (Photography Allison Low).
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